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VoteFair Ranking Results calculated at  www.VoteFair.org 2013-February-28  21:44

Poll title:

     American Idol, Seasons 1 through 11    

Question (number 1) title:

     Who is your favorite, second-favorite, etc., singer in this list?    

The most preferred and most representative choice is:

    Jessica Sanchez (season 11)

Overall popularity ranking:

     
Popularity Choice VoteFair
ranking
score
Traditional
vote count

(for comparison)
First-most popular Jessica Sanchez (season 11)  Ranking score is 70 for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) 280 voters marked Jessica Sanchez (season 11) as their first choice
Second-most popular Kelly Clarkson (season 1)  Ranking score is 58 for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) 70 voters marked Kelly Clarkson (season 1) as their first choice
Third-most popular Carrie Underwood (season 4)  Ranking score is 50 for Carrie Underwood (season 4) 66 voters marked Carrie Underwood (season 4) as their first choice
Fourth-most popular Jennifer Hudson (season 3)  Ranking score is 37 for Jennifer Hudson (season 3) 8 voters marked Jennifer Hudson (season 3) as their first choice
Fifth-most popular Adam Lambert (season 8)  Ranking score is 30 for Adam Lambert (season 8) 28 voters marked Adam Lambert (season 8) as their first choice
Sixth-most popular David Cook (season 7)  Ranking score is 24 for David Cook (season 7) 14 voters marked David Cook (season 7) as their first choice
Seventh-most popular Phillip Phillips (season 11)  Ranking score is 16 for Phillip Phillips (season 11) 25 voters marked Phillip Phillips (season 11) as their first choice
Eighth-most popular Kris Allen (season 8)  Ranking score is 11 for Kris Allen (season 8) 8 voters marked Kris Allen (season 8) as their first choice
Ninth-most popular Scotty McCreery (season 10)  Ranking score is 6 for Scotty McCreery (season 10) 10 voters marked Scotty McCreery (season 10) as their first choice
Tenth-most popular Lee DeWyze (season 9)  Ranking score is 0 for Lee DeWyze (season 9) 3 voters marked Lee DeWyze (season 9) as their first choice

VoteFair representation Ranking

  

First-most representative choice is:

Jessica Sanchez (season 11)

Second-most representative choice is:

Kelly Clarkson (season 1)

Third-most representative choice is:

Carrie Underwood (season 4)

Additional levels of representation were not calculated.
(There may be too many questions, too many choices for this question, or too many votes, or no further calculations were requested.)

VoteFair representation ranking results should be used when more than one choice is to be selected. Why? When there are 100 voters, 51 of them can choose the first winner, so the other 49 voters deserve extra influence in choosing the second winner (instead of letting the 51 voters also choose the second winner). When should representation results be used? When a second candidate is elected to a second equivalent seat in a state legislature, or when an organization pursues a simultaneous second activity in addition to the most popular activity.

Comparison of VoteFair Ranking with other voting methods

  
Voting method Winner
VoteFair Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Instant runoff Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Majority Jessica Sanchez (season 11)

(40 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice.)
Plurality Jessica Sanchez (season 11)

(40 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice.)
Condorcet Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Borda count Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
(167 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice at the same preference level.)

Details of plurality results

  
Choice Vote count Percentage
Jessica Sanchez (season 11) 280 55 280 voters marked Jessica Sanchez (season 11) as their first choice
Kelly Clarkson (season 1) 70 14 70 voters marked Kelly Clarkson (season 1) as their first choice
Carrie Underwood (season 4) 66 13 66 voters marked Carrie Underwood (season 4) as their first choice
Adam Lambert (season 8) 28 5 28 voters marked Adam Lambert (season 8) as their first choice
Phillip Phillips (season 11) 25 5 25 voters marked Phillip Phillips (season 11) as their first choice
David Cook (season 7) 14 3 14 voters marked David Cook (season 7) as their first choice
Scotty McCreery (season 10) 10 2 10 voters marked Scotty McCreery (season 10) as their first choice
Kris Allen (season 8) 8 2 8 voters marked Kris Allen (season 8) as their first choice
Jennifer Hudson (season 3) 8 2 8 voters marked Jennifer Hudson (season 3) as their first choice
Lee DeWyze (season 9) 3 1 3 voters marked Lee DeWyze (season 9) as their first choice
(40 ballots ignored in plurality counting because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice.)

Notice that the choice with the most plurality votes is not necessarily the most popular. Similarly the choice with the fewest plurality votes is not necessarily the least popular.

Data and Calculation Summary
Number of votes: 552
The following tally table summarizes all the preferences of all the voters. The bold underlined numbers are the ones that apply to the winning sequence.
  
All possible pairs of choice names Number of votes with indicated preference
Prefer X over Y Equal preference Prefer Y over X
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
321
321 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
44
44 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
187
187 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
332
332 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
37
37 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
183
183 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
392
392 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
40
40 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
120
120 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = Adam Lambert (season 8)
393
393 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
42
42 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
117
117 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = David Cook (season 7)
392
392 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over David Cook (season 7)
42
42 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over David Cook (season 7)
118
118 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
386
386 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
36
36 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
130
130 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = Kris Allen (season 8)
413
413 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Kris Allen (season 8)
37
37 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Kris Allen (season 8)
102
102 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
412
412 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
39
39 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
101
101 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
449
449 voters prefer Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
40
40 voters have an equal preference for Jessica Sanchez (season 11) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
63
63 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
X = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
Y = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
265
265 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
93
93 voters have an equal preference for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and Carrie Underwood (season 4)
194
194 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
X = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
Y = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
336
336 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
91
91 voters have an equal preference for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
125
125 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
X = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
Y = Adam Lambert (season 8)
336
336 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
91
91 voters have an equal preference for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and Adam Lambert (season 8)
125
125 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
X = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
Y = David Cook (season 7)
367
367 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over David Cook (season 7)
94
94 voters have an equal preference for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and David Cook (season 7)
91
91 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
X = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
Y = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
358
358 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
86
86 voters have an equal preference for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and Phillip Phillips (season 11)
108
108 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
X = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
Y = Kris Allen (season 8)
389
389 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over Kris Allen (season 8)
91
91 voters have an equal preference for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and Kris Allen (season 8)
72
72 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
X = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
Y = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
390
390 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
93
93 voters have an equal preference for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and Scotty McCreery (season 10)
69
69 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
X = Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
428
428 voters prefer Kelly Clarkson (season 1) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
89
89 voters have an equal preference for Kelly Clarkson (season 1) and Lee DeWyze (season 9)
35
35 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
X = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
Y = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
314
314 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
90
90 voters have an equal preference for Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
148
148 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
X = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
Y = Adam Lambert (season 8)
312
312 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
93
93 voters have an equal preference for Carrie Underwood (season 4) and Adam Lambert (season 8)
147
147 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
X = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
Y = David Cook (season 7)
342
342 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over David Cook (season 7)
97
97 voters have an equal preference for Carrie Underwood (season 4) and David Cook (season 7)
113
113 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
X = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
Y = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
346
346 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
89
89 voters have an equal preference for Carrie Underwood (season 4) and Phillip Phillips (season 11)
117
117 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
X = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
Y = Kris Allen (season 8)
377
377 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Kris Allen (season 8)
93
93 voters have an equal preference for Carrie Underwood (season 4) and Kris Allen (season 8)
82
82 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
X = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
Y = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
394
394 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
94
94 voters have an equal preference for Carrie Underwood (season 4) and Scotty McCreery (season 10)
64
64 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
X = Carrie Underwood (season 4)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
420
420 voters prefer Carrie Underwood (season 4) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
91
91 voters have an equal preference for Carrie Underwood (season 4) and Lee DeWyze (season 9)
41
41 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over Carrie Underwood (season 4)
X = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
Y = Adam Lambert (season 8)
260
260 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
93
93 voters have an equal preference for Jennifer Hudson (season 3) and Adam Lambert (season 8)
199
199 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
X = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
Y = David Cook (season 7)
288
288 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over David Cook (season 7)
95
95 voters have an equal preference for Jennifer Hudson (season 3) and David Cook (season 7)
169
169 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
X = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
Y = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
290
290 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
87
87 voters have an equal preference for Jennifer Hudson (season 3) and Phillip Phillips (season 11)
175
175 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
X = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
Y = Kris Allen (season 8)
314
314 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over Kris Allen (season 8)
94
94 voters have an equal preference for Jennifer Hudson (season 3) and Kris Allen (season 8)
144
144 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
X = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
Y = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
317
317 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
93
93 voters have an equal preference for Jennifer Hudson (season 3) and Scotty McCreery (season 10)
142
142 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
X = Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
385
385 voters prefer Jennifer Hudson (season 3) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
94
94 voters have an equal preference for Jennifer Hudson (season 3) and Lee DeWyze (season 9)
73
73 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
X = Adam Lambert (season 8)
Y = David Cook (season 7)
258
258 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over David Cook (season 7)
105
105 voters have an equal preference for Adam Lambert (season 8) over David Cook (season 7)
189
189 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
X = Adam Lambert (season 8)
Y = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
271
271 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
97
97 voters have an equal preference for Adam Lambert (season 8) and Phillip Phillips (season 11)
184
184 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
X = Adam Lambert (season 8)
Y = Kris Allen (season 8)
298
298 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over Kris Allen (season 8)
102
102 voters have an equal preference for Adam Lambert (season 8) over Kris Allen (season 8)
152
152 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
X = Adam Lambert (season 8)
Y = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
305
305 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
100
100 voters have an equal preference for Adam Lambert (season 8) and Scotty McCreery (season 10)
147
147 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
X = Adam Lambert (season 8)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
362
362 voters prefer Adam Lambert (season 8) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
104
104 voters have an equal preference for Adam Lambert (season 8) and Lee DeWyze (season 9)
86
86 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over Adam Lambert (season 8)
X = David Cook (season 7)
Y = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
252
252 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
109
109 voters have an equal preference for David Cook (season 7) and Phillip Phillips (season 11)
191
191 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over David Cook (season 7)
X = David Cook (season 7)
Y = Kris Allen (season 8)
285
285 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Kris Allen (season 8)
124
124 voters have an equal preference for David Cook (season 7) and Kris Allen (season 8)
143
143 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over David Cook (season 7)
X = David Cook (season 7)
Y = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
276
276 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
117
117 voters have an equal preference for David Cook (season 7) and Scotty McCreery (season 10)
159
159 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over David Cook (season 7)
X = David Cook (season 7)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
366
366 voters prefer David Cook (season 7) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
120
120 voters have an equal preference for David Cook (season 7) and Lee DeWyze (season 9)
66
66 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over David Cook (season 7)
X = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
Y = Kris Allen (season 8)
227
227 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Kris Allen (season 8)
109
109 voters have an equal preference for Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Kris Allen (season 8)
216
216 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
X = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
Y = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
257
257 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
110
110 voters have an equal preference for Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
185
185 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
X = Phillip Phillips (season 11)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
312
312 voters prefer Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
111
111 voters have an equal preference for Phillip Phillips (season 11) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
129
129 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over Phillip Phillips (season 11)
X = Kris Allen (season 8)
Y = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
227
227 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
120
120 voters have an equal preference for Kris Allen (season 8) and Scotty McCreery (season 10)
205
205 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Kris Allen (season 8)
X = Kris Allen (season 8)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
324
324 voters prefer Kris Allen (season 8) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
128
128 voters have an equal preference for Kris Allen (season 8) and Lee DeWyze (season 9)
100
100 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over Kris Allen (season 8)
X = Scotty McCreery (season 10)
Y = Lee DeWyze (season 9)
290
290 voters prefer Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
122
122 voters have an equal preference for Scotty McCreery (season 10) over Lee DeWyze (season 9)
140
140 voters prefer Lee DeWyze (season 9) over Scotty McCreery (season 10)
The highest score (which equals the sum of the bold underlined numbers, plus either tally number in any tied pair of choices) is: 15,028
Number of all possible valid sequences (without ties): 3,628,800
First sequence:
  1. Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
  2. Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
  3. Carrie Underwood (season 4)
  4. David Cook (season 7)
  5. Kris Allen (season 8)
  6. Adam Lambert (season 8)
  7. Lee DeWyze (season 9)
  8. Scotty McCreery (season 10)
  9. Phillip Phillips (season 11)
  10. Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
Last sequence:
  1. Jessica Sanchez (season 11)
  2. Phillip Phillips (season 11)
  3. Scotty McCreery (season 10)
  4. Lee DeWyze (season 9)
  5. Adam Lambert (season 8)
  6. Kris Allen (season 8)
  7. David Cook (season 7)
  8. Carrie Underwood (season 4)
  9. Jennifer Hudson (season 3)
  10. Kelly Clarkson (season 1)
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Detailed ballot information
(The numbers indicate the choices
as listed in "First sequence" above,
a comma indicates the next lower preference level,
"&" joins choices at the same preference level,
and "x" precedes the vote count.)

  • 1&10,2&3,9,4&5&6,7&8 x1
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  • 1&2&3&4&5&6&7&8&9&10 x21
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  • 1,10,2&3&4&5&6&7&8&9 x1
  • 1,10,2,9,3,8,4,7,5,6 x1
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  • 1,10,3,6,2,9,7,4,5,8 x1
  • 1,10,3,6,9,4,2,5,7,8 x1
  • 1,10,3,6,9,8,5,4,2,7 x1
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  • 1,10,8,3,2,9,6,4,5,7 x1
  • 1,10,9,6,3,7,8,2,5,4 x1
  • 1,10,9,8,6,4,5,3,2,7 x1
  • 1,2&3&4&5&6&7&8&9&10 x1
  • 1,2&6&9&10,3&8,4,5,7 x1
  • 1,2,10,3,6,4,9,5,8,7 x1
  • 1,2,3,4,5,10,9,8,7,6 x1
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  • 1,2,5,8,3,4&6&7&9&10 x2
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  • 1,3,10,2,8,9,6,7,4,5 x1
  • 1,3,10,6,2,9,8,4,7,5 x1
  • 1,3,10,8,5,4,6,7,2,9 x1
  • 1,3,2&5,6,9,10,4,7&8 x1
  • 1,3,2,10,6,9,4,5,7,8 x1
  • 1,3,2,10,9,8,5,7,4,6 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,6,5,9,10,8,7 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,6,8,9,10,7,5 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,6,8,9,5,7,10 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,6,9,10,8,7,5 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,8,10,6,7,5,9 x1
  • 1,3,2,5,4,9,10,8,7,6 x1
  • 1,3,4,5,10,9,2,7,8,6 x1
  • 1,3,4,5,8,10,2,6,9,7 x1
  • 1,3,4,6,10,2,7,5,9,8 x1
  • 1,3,4,6,10,8,9,2,5,7 x1
  • [Remaining ballots not listed]

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VoteFair Ranking Results calculated at  www.VoteFair.org 2013-February-28  21:44

Poll title:

     American Idol, Seasons 1 through 11    

Question (number 2) title:

     Who is your favorite, second-favorite, etc., singer in this list?    

The most preferred and most representative choice is:

    Haley Reinhart (season 10)

Overall popularity ranking:

     
Popularity Choice VoteFair
ranking
score
Traditional
vote count

(for comparison)
First-most popular Haley Reinhart (season 10)  Ranking score is 53 for Haley Reinhart (season 10) 126 voters marked Haley Reinhart (season 10) as their first choice
Second-most popular Colton Dixon (season 11)  Ranking score is 39 for Colton Dixon (season 11) 89 voters marked Colton Dixon (season 11) as their first choice
Third-most popular Joshua Ledet (season 11)  Ranking score is 31 for Joshua Ledet (season 11) 71 voters marked Joshua Ledet (season 11) as their first choice
Fourth-most popular Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)  Ranking score is 24 for Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) 53 voters marked Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) as their first choice
Fifth-most popular Lauren Alaina (season 10)  Ranking score is 15 for Lauren Alaina (season 10) 42 voters marked Lauren Alaina (season 10) as their first choice
Sixth-most popular Siobhan Magnus (season 9)  Ranking score is 7 for Siobhan Magnus (season 9) 66 voters marked Siobhan Magnus (season 9) as their first choice
Seventh-most popular James Durbin (season 10)  Ranking score is 0 for James Durbin (season 10) 19 voters marked James Durbin (season 10) as their first choice

VoteFair representation Ranking

  

First-most representative choice is:

Haley Reinhart (season 10)

Second-most representative choice is:

Colton Dixon (season 11)

Third-most representative choice is:

Joshua Ledet (season 11)

Additional levels of representation were not calculated.
(There may be too many questions, too many choices for this question, or too many votes, or no further calculations were requested.)

VoteFair representation ranking results should be used when more than one choice is to be selected. Why? When there are 100 voters, 51 of them can choose the first winner, so the other 49 voters deserve extra influence in choosing the second winner (instead of letting the 51 voters also choose the second winner). When should representation results be used? When a second candidate is elected to a second equivalent seat in a state legislature, or when an organization pursues a simultaneous second activity in addition to the most popular activity.

Comparison of VoteFair Ranking with other voting methods

  
Voting method Winner
VoteFair Haley Reinhart (season 10)
Instant runoff Haley Reinhart (season 10)
(21 ballots at least partially ignored because they include an equal preference at a significant step in the runoff process.
(Choice eliminated in the first round : James Durbin (season 10))
Majority None of the choices has won a majority (more than half) the votes.

(86 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice.)
Plurality Haley Reinhart (season 10)

(86 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice.)
Condorcet Haley Reinhart (season 10)
Borda count Haley Reinhart (season 10)
(163 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice at the same preference level.)

Details of plurality results

  
Choice Vote count Percentage
Haley Reinhart (season 10) 126 27 126 voters marked Haley Reinhart (season 10) as their first choice
Colton Dixon (season 11) 89 19 89 voters marked Colton Dixon (season 11) as their first choice
Joshua Ledet (season 11) 71 15 71 voters marked Joshua Ledet (season 11) as their first choice
Siobhan Magnus (season 9) 66 14 66 voters marked Siobhan Magnus (season 9) as their first choice
Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) 53 11 53 voters marked Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) as their first choice
Lauren Alaina (season 10) 42 9 42 voters marked Lauren Alaina (season 10) as their first choice
James Durbin (season 10) 19 4 19 voters marked James Durbin (season 10) as their first choice
(86 ballots ignored in plurality counting because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice.)

Notice that the choice with the most plurality votes is not necessarily the most popular. Similarly the choice with the fewest plurality votes is not necessarily the least popular.

Data and Calculation Summary
Number of votes: 552
The following tally table summarizes all the preferences of all the voters. The bold underlined numbers are the ones that apply to the winning sequence.
  
All possible pairs of choice names Number of votes with indicated preference
Prefer X over Y Equal preference Prefer Y over X
X = Haley Reinhart (season 10)
Y = Colton Dixon (season 11)
267
267 voters prefer Haley Reinhart (season 10) over Colton Dixon (season 11)
92
92 voters have an equal preference for Haley Reinhart (season 10) and Colton Dixon (season 11)
193
193 voters prefer Colton Dixon (season 11) over Haley Reinhart (season 10)
X = Haley Reinhart (season 10)
Y = Joshua Ledet (season 11)
271
271 voters prefer Haley Reinhart (season 10) over Joshua Ledet (season 11)
98
98 voters have an equal preference for Haley Reinhart (season 10) and Joshua Ledet (season 11)
183
183 voters prefer Joshua Ledet (season 11) over Haley Reinhart (season 10)
X = Haley Reinhart (season 10)
Y = Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
271
271 voters prefer Haley Reinhart (season 10) over Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
108
108 voters have an equal preference for Haley Reinhart (season 10) and Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
173
173 voters prefer Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) over Haley Reinhart (season 10)
X = Haley Reinhart (season 10)
Y = Lauren Alaina (season 10)
296
296 voters prefer Haley Reinhart (season 10) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
112
112 voters have an equal preference for Haley Reinhart (season 10) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
144
144 voters prefer Lauren Alaina (season 10) over Haley Reinhart (season 10)
X = Haley Reinhart (season 10)
Y = Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
320
320 voters prefer Haley Reinhart (season 10) over Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
109
109 voters have an equal preference for Haley Reinhart (season 10) and Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
123
123 voters prefer Siobhan Magnus (season 9) over Haley Reinhart (season 10)
X = Haley Reinhart (season 10)
Y = James Durbin (season 10)
317
317 voters prefer Haley Reinhart (season 10) over James Durbin (season 10)
105
105 voters have an equal preference for Haley Reinhart (season 10) and James Durbin (season 10)
130
130 voters prefer James Durbin (season 10) over Haley Reinhart (season 10)
X = Colton Dixon (season 11)
Y = Joshua Ledet (season 11)
233
233 voters prefer Colton Dixon (season 11) over Joshua Ledet (season 11)
106
106 voters have an equal preference for Colton Dixon (season 11) over Joshua Ledet (season 11)
213
213 voters prefer Joshua Ledet (season 11) over Colton Dixon (season 11)
X = Colton Dixon (season 11)
Y = Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
224
224 voters prefer Colton Dixon (season 11) over Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
110
110 voters have an equal preference for Colton Dixon (season 11) over Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
218
218 voters prefer Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) over Colton Dixon (season 11)
X = Colton Dixon (season 11)
Y = Lauren Alaina (season 10)
255
255 voters prefer Colton Dixon (season 11) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
107
107 voters have an equal preference for Colton Dixon (season 11) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
190
190 voters prefer Lauren Alaina (season 10) over Colton Dixon (season 11)
X = Colton Dixon (season 11)
Y = Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
289
289 voters prefer Colton Dixon (season 11) over Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
100
100 voters have an equal preference for Colton Dixon (season 11) and Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
163
163 voters prefer Siobhan Magnus (season 9) over Colton Dixon (season 11)
X = Colton Dixon (season 11)
Y = James Durbin (season 10)
302
302 voters prefer Colton Dixon (season 11) over James Durbin (season 10)
100
100 voters have an equal preference for Colton Dixon (season 11) over James Durbin (season 10)
150
150 voters prefer James Durbin (season 10) over Colton Dixon (season 11)
X = Joshua Ledet (season 11)
Y = Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
225
225 voters prefer Joshua Ledet (season 11) over Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
112
112 voters have an equal preference for Joshua Ledet (season 11) and Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
215
215 voters prefer Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) over Joshua Ledet (season 11)
X = Joshua Ledet (season 11)
Y = Lauren Alaina (season 10)
251
251 voters prefer Joshua Ledet (season 11) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
114
114 voters have an equal preference for Joshua Ledet (season 11) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
187
187 voters prefer Lauren Alaina (season 10) over Joshua Ledet (season 11)
X = Joshua Ledet (season 11)
Y = Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
264
264 voters prefer Joshua Ledet (season 11) over Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
111
111 voters have an equal preference for Joshua Ledet (season 11) and Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
177
177 voters prefer Siobhan Magnus (season 9) over Joshua Ledet (season 11)
X = Joshua Ledet (season 11)
Y = James Durbin (season 10)
280
280 voters prefer Joshua Ledet (season 11) over James Durbin (season 10)
118
118 voters have an equal preference for Joshua Ledet (season 11) over James Durbin (season 10)
154
154 voters prefer James Durbin (season 10) over Joshua Ledet (season 11)
X = Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
Y = Lauren Alaina (season 10)
262
262 voters prefer Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
123
123 voters have an equal preference for Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
167
167 voters prefer Lauren Alaina (season 10) over Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
X = Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
Y = Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
278
278 voters prefer Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) over Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
118
118 voters have an equal preference for Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) and Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
156
156 voters prefer Siobhan Magnus (season 9) over Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
X = Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
Y = James Durbin (season 10)
269
269 voters prefer Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) over James Durbin (season 10)
118
118 voters have an equal preference for Hollie Cavanagh (season 11) over James Durbin (season 10)
165
165 voters prefer James Durbin (season 10) over Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
X = Lauren Alaina (season 10)
Y = Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
252
252 voters prefer Lauren Alaina (season 10) over Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
121
121 voters have an equal preference for Lauren Alaina (season 10) and Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
179
179 voters prefer Siobhan Magnus (season 9) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
X = Lauren Alaina (season 10)
Y = James Durbin (season 10)
248
248 voters prefer Lauren Alaina (season 10) over James Durbin (season 10)
121
121 voters have an equal preference for Lauren Alaina (season 10) and James Durbin (season 10)
183
183 voters prefer James Durbin (season 10) over Lauren Alaina (season 10)
X = Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
Y = James Durbin (season 10)
226
226 voters prefer Siobhan Magnus (season 9) over James Durbin (season 10)
119
119 voters have an equal preference for Siobhan Magnus (season 9) over James Durbin (season 10)
207
207 voters prefer James Durbin (season 10) over Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
The highest score (which equals the sum of the bold underlined numbers, plus either tally number in any tied pair of choices) is: 5,600
Number of all possible valid sequences (without ties): 5,040
First sequence:
  1. Lauren Alaina (season 10)
  2. Haley Reinhart (season 10)
  3. James Durbin (season 10)
  4. Joshua Ledet (season 11)
  5. Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
  6. Colton Dixon (season 11)
  7. Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
Last sequence:
  1. Siobhan Magnus (season 9)
  2. Colton Dixon (season 11)
  3. Hollie Cavanagh (season 11)
  4. Joshua Ledet (season 11)
  5. James Durbin (season 10)
  6. Haley Reinhart (season 10)
  7. Lauren Alaina (season 10)
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Detailed ballot information
(The numbers indicate the choices
as listed in "First sequence" above,
a comma indicates the next lower preference level,
"&" joins choices at the same preference level,
and "x" precedes the vote count.)

  • 1&2&3&4&5&6&7 x68
  • 1&2&4&5&6,3,7 x1
  • 1&2&5&6,3&4&7 x1
  • 1&2&5,6,3&4&7 x1
  • 1&3&4&5&6&7,2 x1
  • 1&4,2&6,3,5&7 x1
  • 1,2&3&4&5&6&7 x4
  • 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 x5
  • 1,2,3,5,6,4,7 x1
  • 1,2,3,5,6,7,4 x2
  • 1,2,4,5,6,7,3 x4
  • 1,2,4,5,7,3,6 x1
  • 1,2,5,4,3,6,7 x1
  • 1,2,5,4,7,6,3 x1
  • 1,2,6,3&4,5&7 x1
  • 1,2,6,5,4,3,7 x1
  • 1,2,6,7,5,4,3 x1
  • 1,2,7,5,6,4,3 x1
  • 1,2,7,6,5,4,3 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,5,7,6 x1
  • 1,4,3,5,6,7,2 x1
  • 1,4,5,6,7,3,2 x1
  • 1,4,6,5,2,3,7 x1
  • 1,4,7,3,2,5,6 x1
  • 1,5,2,4,6,7,3 x1
  • 1,5,2,6,4,3,7 x1
  • 1,5,2,6,7,4,3 x1
  • 1,5,6,7,2,4,3 x1
  • 1,6,2,3,4,5,7 x1
  • 1,6,2,5,7,3,4 x1
  • 1,6,3,5,4,7,2 x1
  • 1,6,5,2,4,7,3 x1
  • 1,6,5,3,7,2,4 x2
  • 1,6,5,4,2,7,3 x1
  • 1,6,5,4,3,7,2 x1
  • 1,7,2,6,3,5,4 x1
  • 2&3,1&4&5&6&7 x1
  • 2&5,1,3&4,6,7 x1
  • 2&5,1,3,6,4,7 x1
  • 2&5,7,3&4,1,6 x1
  • 2&7,1&3&4&5&6 x1
  • 2&7,1&4,3,5,6 x1
  • 2,1&3&4&5&6&7 x11
  • 2,1,3,6,5,4,7 x1
  • 2,1,3,7,5,6,4 x1
  • 2,1,4,3,5,6,7 x1
  • 2,1,4,5,6,7,3 x1
  • 2,1,4,6,3,5,7 x1
  • 2,1,5&6,7,3,4 x1
  • 2,1,5,7,3,4,6 x1
  • [Remaining ballots not listed]

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